Fire Science Technology

Students completing requirements of this program receive the Associate in Science Degree in Fire Science. The Fire Science Technology program is designed to provide career fire department personnel in the communities served by the College with a two-year career program whereby they may upgrade their educational levels and improve their effectiveness in the use of modern fire science techniques. Further, the program will prepare students to begin a career in the fire service.

The curriculum combines career and general education courses. In addition to fire fighting, graduates of this program may find employment in private industry; or they may transfer to a college offering a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Science or Public Safety.


Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Explain the history and basic principles of the fire service.
  • Provide an in-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through the utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal aspects of the fire service and emergency medical service.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of fire development, cause, and prevention
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of hydraulic principles to solving water supply problems for fire protection
  • Understand the principles of supervision and management necessary for leadership and administration in the fire service
  • Know the duties and responsibilities of Incident Command.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills with supervisors, peers and the public.
  • Utilize knowledge of building construction principles, fire protection systems, and fire prevention codes to affect safer occupancies
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of fire investigation principles.
  • Identify hazardous materials, hazardous properties, and successful emergency scene operations.

 Original TitleCurrent Title
FIRE101Introduction to Fire Science TechnologyPrinciples of Emergency Services
FIRE103Fundamentals of Fire PreventionFundamentals of Fire Prevention
FIRE105Fire Department Org and AdminFire Department Org and Admin
FIRE107Massachusetts Fire Laws and RegulationsLegal Aspects of Emergency Services
FIRE111Fire Cause DetectionFire Investigation I
FIRE112ArsonFire Investigation II
FIRE198Fire Science ElectiveFire Science Elective
FIRE205Fire Service Safety & Survival
FIRE206Fire Protection Systems and EquipmentFire Protection Systems and Equipment
FIRE208Fire Hydraulics and Water Distribution SystemFire Hydraulics and Water Distribution System
FIRE211Hazardous Material Incident ResponseHazardous Material Incident Response
FIRE213Building Construct/Blueprint/Plan ReviewBuilding Construct/Blueprint/Plan Review
FIRE215Terrorism & Domestic ResponseTerrorism & Domestic Response
FIRE298Fire Science ElectiveFire Science Elective
FIRE301Fire Company OfficershipFire Company Officership - Tactics & Strategy
FIRE400Special Study in Fire ScienceSpecial Study in Fire Science